MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

The excitement never lags as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins take centerstage in Million Dollar Quartet, Tony-nominated as Best Musical of 2010 and the latest from 3-D Theatricals, a rock-and-roll crowd-pleaser for ages eight to eighty-nine.
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GUYS AND DOLLS

The sets get a thumbs down from this reviewer, but everything else about the latest from Musical Theatre West is standing-ovation-worthy as a supremely talented cast, choreographer, and director make Frank Loesser’s seven-decade-old classic Guys And Dolls feel fresh and new down Long Beach way.
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PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT

Two-dozen disco-era hits provide the sing-along, dance-along soundtrack to the international smash Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert, and if the latest from Celebration Theatre doesn’t lend itself to downsizing like The Boy From Oz and The Color Purple, this unexpected celebration of family and its three unlikely Australian hero(in)es provide more than enough reason to cheer.
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THE CHOSEN

Friendship has rarely felt so good or hurt so bad, nor have father-son relationships caused more joy or pain than they do in Chaim Potok’s exquisite coming-of-age novel The Chosen, adapted for the stage by Aaron Posner and Potok and now making an absolutely superb Fountain Theatre debut.
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VIOLET

A physically scarred young woman takes a road trip towards healing and redemption in Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley’s New York Drama Critics’ Circle-winning 1997 off-Broadway musical Violet, streamlined for Broadway in 2014 and now opening Chance Theater’s 20th-anniversary 2018 season in an intimate staging that is as imaginatively directed as it is powerfully performed.
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THE UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY OF JURASSIC PARK

Three sequels and counting, forty-three video games so far, five different theme park rides, comic books galore… Jurassic Park just keeps on entertaining, and never more so than at Rockwell Table + Stage where executive producer/writer Kate Pazakis and her all-Equity cast of triple-threat musical theater zanies have once again gathered to spoof a Hollywood movie classic like it’s never been spoofed before in The Unauthorized Musical Parody Of Jurassic Park.
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IRONBOUND

A dark cloud may seem to follow Polish immigrant Darja across New Jersey, but that doesn’t stop Marin Ireland from lighting up the stage like nobody’s business in the West Coast Premiere of Martyna Majok’s astringently funny, surprisingly affecting Ironbound, now getting a superb West Coast Premiere with its original off-Broadway leading lady joining it for its five-week visit to L.A.
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ELLIOT, A SOLDIER’S FUGUE

Three generations of Marines serving in three different wars have their stories told in four distinct voices in Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue, the first in Quiara Alegría Hudes’s acclaimed “Elliot Trilogy” now making a lyrically told, gorgeously staged, superbly acted Kirk Douglas Theatre debut.
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